DOZENS of people attended the inaugural meeting of the fledgling Friends of Manor Gardens.
More than 40 people turned up to the initial meeting on Tuesday to discuss plans for the group and hear first-hand from park rangers about what is going on in the gardens.
A stack of issues were discussed, including how to reduce the levels of vandalism in the area, the mooted creation of a sensory garden and suggestions for how to carry on the restoration of the gardens.
As well as locals hoping to join up, there was also an appearance from Gareth Williams, parks and gardens manager at the council, and park ranger Andrew Tilney, who were both full of good advice for what the Friends should be looking to achieve.
An AGM is being planned but until then Elizabeth Cunningham (manager of the Cat Protection League shop on Seaside) and Mary Corran have agreed to be acting chairmen, Douglas Vernon treasurer and Charlotte Stevens secretary.
Mary Corran said, “Thanks to the Herald mentioning the meeting in last week’s paper, there was a very encouraging attendance, and it was evident that many Eastbourne people care very much about Manor Gardens, and Gildredge Park, and are eager to work with the parks and gardens representatives who attended.
“The meeting was very positive in spirit, and Laurence Stevens has already offered a talk on the history of Manor Gardens, on which he is a local authority.
“Other potential members have suggested events they could assist at. Feeling for Manor Gardens, and Gildredge Park, was strong, and there was great enthusiasm at being able to become involved in improving these splendid open spaces.”
The next meeting will take place on October 18 from 6pm at The Lamb. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.